Two Bristol natives, Newington native, three CCSU players among FCBL All-Stars to play in Bristol tonight

Published on Monday, 17 July 2017 22:56
Written by PAUL ANGILLY

STAFF WRITER

The Futures Collegiate Baseball League, now in its seventh year of operation, has established a history of helping to develop college players who eventually become a part of Major League organizations.

On Tuesday night, the best players in the league this season - many of them no doubt future pro players, some possibly future Major Leaguers - will converge on Muzzy Field for the league’s sixth annual FCBL All-Star Game.

Among the players are six members of the Bristol Blues - including Bristol native and CCSU outfielder Mitch Guilmette, who was officially added to the West Division team on Monday as the winner of a fan vote for the final roster spot.

The 2013 graduate of Bristol Central is hitting .380 in 15 games with the Blues this season, with one home run and eight RBI. He was a .331 hitter with two home runs and 35 RBI in 48 games with CCSU in the 2017 season as a junior.

Also picked for the West Division All-Star team from the Blues is another Bristol native and CCSU pitcher, Tommy Curtin, who is a 2015 graduate of Bristol Eastern and played for the Blues in their debut season two years ago.

This season in FCBL play, Curtin is 0-1 with a league-leading nine saves in 10 appearances, sporting a nifty 1.74 ERA. He has 15 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings pitched. He was 3-0 with a 4.85 ERA in 15 appearances as a sophomore with CCSU this past spring.

Newington native Ben Maycock, who plays college ball for UConn, is also among the Bristol Blues selected for the All-Star Game. He’s batting .310 with three home runs and 18 RBI in 26 games with the Blues this season. His 18 RBI and 18 walks this season lead the Blues.

Also selected to play from the Blues are relief pitcher Jacob Wallace, a UConn player who has a 2.29 ERA in 15 2/3 innings, striking out 17 batters; Avon’s Chris Davis from Princeton, who is hitting .276 this season with a league-leading 11 doubles and 16 stolen bases; and Jake Frasca from Sacred Heart, who is hitting .252 with five home runs this season, primarily as a shortstop, but also with five relief appearances on the mound.

“The Bristol Blues are very honored to host the 2017 FCBL All-Star Game,” the ownership group said in an e-mailed statement. “It is a great opportunity to showcase the league’s best talent, as well as historical Muzzy Field. We are excited about having [six] Bristol Blues as part of the 2017 All-Star team.”

The All-Star rosters also include CCSU player Nick Garland (Brockton Rox) and UConn players Troy Stefanski (Martha’s Vineyard Sharks), Joe Simeone (Wachusett Dirt Dawgs) and Jake Wallace (Wachusett Dirt Dawgs).

Among other FCBL All-Stars are league leaders Zack Tower of the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs (10 HR), Cam Cook of the Nashua Silver Knights (.396 average), Zack Martin of the Brockton Rox (48 strikeouts) and Mason Palmieri of the Brockton Rox (1.09 ERA).

The All-Star Game will cap a day of activities at Muzzy Field, beginning with a Fanfest from 3 to 6 p.m. The Fanfest will include an inflatable speed pitch machine, sports memorabilia auction, selfie photo ops with mascot BB, face painting and balloon twisting, a popcorn machine, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, Bob’s Sport Chalet booth, a Bristol Beat booth and “Blues-berry” mini pie eating contest.

A Home Run Derby, featuring the Blues’ Maycock, among others, will begin at 6:15 p.m., followed by All-Star Game opening ceremonies and a first pitch at about 7:20 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled for immediately after the game.

Paul Angilly can be reached at 860-973-1800, or pangilly @centralctcommunications.com



Posted in New Britain Herald, Bristol Blues, General Sports, Newington on Monday, 17 July 2017 22:56. Updated: Monday, 17 July 2017 22:59.